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Third Sunday of Advent – December 17, 2017

READINGS: Isaiah 61:1–2a, 10–11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19–28 In today’s second reading St. Paul writes: “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks for this is the will of God for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything. Retain what is good. Refrain from every […]

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Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2017

READINGS: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalm 85; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 The invitations have been sent; one thing is lacking, our response. An invitation to what?   Today’s readings propose an answer.  Mark’s gospel is an invitation to all his hearers to discover, with the first disciples, the true identity of Jesus, of God.  The first […]

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First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2017

READINGS: Isaiah 63:16-64:7; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37 Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue; department store windows are filled with Christmas and winter scenes. Coming toward you is a man dressed in a brown wool coat with a collar and cuffs, a cotton shirt, vest, breeches, and leather shoes, the typical uniform of an […]

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

READINGS: Ezekiel 34: 11–12, 15–17; Psalm 23; I Corinthians 15: 20–26, 28; Matthew 25: 31–46 A reign like no other! Kings, Queens, Dictators, even some Presidents, demand more recognition from their people than the King of King demands. Matthew’s Gospel tells us that even recognition of the King’s presence is not necessary. Those invited to […]

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Charity Wisdom Thanksgiving — Advent 2017

Thanksgiving–Advent 2017 A time of grateful thanksgiving yields to Advent expectation. A new year of the Church’s life begins. Advent — we wait in hope as God’s promise of salvation unfolds. We honor Mary as the bearer of Christ our hope, and prepare to receive the gift of the Word made flesh at Christmas. From […]

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Tradition: Thanksgiving Holiday

The cartoonist, picturing Wampanoag men peering at the horizon, quipped, “There goes the neighborhood.” The Mayflower at Plymouth brought Pilgrims determined to risk all for freedom, to leave behind the religious intolerance that warred in Europe. Peering back nearly four centuries, we can see the threads of wariness and fears that weave our welcome to […]

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Charity Wisdom — Ordinary Time, September-October 2017

Autumn of our 200th anniversary year — a time to thank God for a full harvest of blessings, and to pray for peace, for responsible care of creation, for workers and those who seek work, for teachers and students, for those living in poverty. From centuries ago, the words of our founders still resound, full […]

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June 18, 2017 — Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

READINGS: Deuteronomy 8: 2–3; 14–16; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 10: 16–17; John 6: 51–58 It’s a typical Sunday at the 9:45 Mass in my local parish. On the worn, lived-in faces of the parish’s elders who often frequent this Mass, I see faith and hope and endurance. Moms and grandparents cradle sleeping infants; toddlers squirm […]

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Charity Wisdom, Summer 2017

Summer, June–August, 2017 From centuries ago, the words of our founders still resound, full of wisdom and insight for today. Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul, and Louise de Marillac invite us to deepen our relationships with Christ and hiss gift of the Holy Spirit, with those around us, especially those in need, with […]

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 — Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 

READINGS: Exodus 34: 4b–6, 8–9; Daniel 3: 52-55; 2 Corinthians 13: 11–13; John 3: 16–18  “How wonderful Your name in all the earth!” exclaims the psalmist about the living, awesome, tender mystery that we call God. The God whom our Christian tradition reveals as Triune is indeed a God of many names.  The Scriptures give […]

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